Monday, January 16, 2017

Beading Frenzy

I've been on a purging and organizing kick for months now (almost finished) and I came across 2 boxes of colorful wooden beads.


I don't even remember why I bought them, but I decided to use them for a garland for the guest room bed.


As you can see, they didn't end up on the headboard - metal stars won out!


After the garland, I still had lots of beads left so I went a little crazy stringing more - I see them on IG and they seem to be labeled as "jewelry for your home".


This is all I have left after stringing up 6 pieces of "jewelry" and the garland.


2 have been mailed off to friends, 1 is claimed and I have no idea what I'm going to do with the rest.


I was having such fun stringing beads while we watched movies at night (I have to do something with my hands or I fall asleep) so I ordered large wooden beads to go along with small beads I already had.


This is the end result.


Now I was really on a roll using up any beads I could find in my craft space - who knew I had so many!


No, they are not all on display in the house at the same time,


but I had fun taking pictures and now I have things to grab when I want to add just a little touch to vignettes.


These beads were all from a French General Notions Kit my sister bought me years ago (they have been in several different locations since then) and this garland has been mailed off to a friend.


This string of beads will probably be draped over various items from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Beads like these were my original inspiration and I had everything on hand to create them.


I love these blue and white beads and need to find more to make a longer strand.


These are my favorite - you saw "Little Man" in my last post, but now the vignette is finished off with fun wooden and clay beads.


I didn't make the beaded heart on wire, but I might have to create my own.


I haven't strung beads for at least 20 years when I found these fun block beads and spelled out my teaching nickname (you can find me on Words With Friends as Mscookie16), but it's relaxing, easy and doesn't bother my hands.


I guess the "beading frenzy" will continue - when I looked up the name of the French General kit, I came across this fun outing and I'm signing up for it - anyone want to join me?


If you read this post earlier, I told people to let me know if they were interested in the colorful beaded "jewelry", but I had to delete that sentence because they were quickly snapped up and will be headed soon to new homes.


Just to show you that I haven't gone completely nuts with beads,


these are my last 3 posts on Instagram and there isn't a bead in sight!


So, what has you in a frenzy these days?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Animal House


In my last post, I talked about using flowers and greenery in my vignettes.


When I brought home this little rocking bird from an after Christmas sale, I noticed that I frequently use animals too.


After I put the rocking bird on the mantel, 


I went looking to see if I could find any more birds - the aqua bird was hanging outside on a vintage window


and the birdbath was tucked into the garden.


As I stood back and looked at the mantel, I wondered what other animals I would find in my vignettes.


A whale watches over the living room 


and a horse stands guard in the guest room.


Pigs greet visitors in the entry


as does a felted "Little Lulu" my sister gave me for Christmas.


I was surprised to find that the most common animal to be seen in the house was a bird -


on a candleholder in the living room,


on a shelf in the kitchen


 holding twine in the guest room


and watching over linens in the hallway.


And then there is the most important animal in the house.


Lulu is a little sad because her curly locks were cut off last week.


It might seem silly to others, but I enjoy our little "animal house".

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Details?


I do believe Thoreau had it right, "simplify, simplify", but I disagree with him a bit on details. 


This was the first version of my winter mantel - pleasant, yet something was missing.


You can see by the finished mantel that a little detail (greenery in this case) finishes off the look.


I spent the past week freshening up the guest room.


It all started when I found this scarf in the attic as I was "simplifying".


The wool scarf was joined by a wooden box and a knitted scarf found in the attic (saved from the donation pile)


 to add some interest to the guest room.


And you'll notice that just like the mantel, greenery adds a little interest.


The old door in the guest room got an update


and staying on theme, a little greenery dresses up the chalkboard.


A bag full of flowers


hangs on a cabinet door.


And an urn full of rosemary


is just what "Little Man" needed.


As I wrote this post, I decided (I hope Thoreau might agree) that flowers aren't details, they are essentials.

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I wanted to give a shout out to Ramsign for the cute Guest Room sign I won on a giveaway Linda of A La Carte hosted.